Beach or city break? Usually, the tourist must decide between a whirlwind sightseeing tour in a busy centre, or a secluded beach retreat, often on the outskirts of a city.
For those looking to combine both pursuits into one holiday, Sofitel the Palm is an attractive proposition.
The hotel, which has 381 guest rooms and suites, lies just off the main trunk of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, the man-made palm-shaped island that features in almost every tourist snap of the city.
The retreat combines amazing coastal views with a short walk to the private beach to experience the Arabian Gulf up close. There is a family-friendly feel throughout, with facilities including a dedicated kids club and four temperature-controlled swimming pools. Adults can head to the fitness centre and health club, as well as an award-winning spa.
For dining, ten restaurants and lounges offer diners a culinary journey from Arabia to Europe and South America: visit Porterhouse for some of the best steak in the city.
The location is an ideal jumping-off point to explore Dubai. Take the monorail to stroll around the popular Dubai Marina, or golf enthusiasts can tee off at championship courses just a short drive away.
There’s plenty on Palm Jumeirah for those looking to venture outside the hotel – especially for the watersports enthusiast. Take a kayak tour around the island, try out some SUP Yoga (yoga on a paddleboard), or take a sailing or windsurf lesson at one of the schools dotted around the island.